August 13, 2014 |
Along a riverfront that was once one of the nation's most important industrial centers, Chester has become an important center for something else - waste treatment plants. When an incinerator and other facilities swept into the city in the 1990s, they were controversial, setting off suits, protests, and debates over health concerns and "environmental justice" in a Delaware County city where about one-third of the residents live in poverty. While tensions have ebbed, a plan to build two new buildings at the incinerator complex and import trash from New York has stirred them anew.
July 26, 2014 |
For Justin Soulen, the worst part of a long weekend at the Shore with friends was the drive home. Not because of the return traffic or the ending of a vacation, but because of what was traveling home with him in the trunk - bags and bags of hot trash. "It was gross - all the stuff from BBQs, parties," Soulen said. "We just said to ourselves, 'This is ridiculous.' " Because Soulen, 25, and friends would leave Ventnor on a Sunday, and trash day was at midweek, their only choice was to bring the trash home or risk being fined for leaving cans on the street too early.
July 16, 2014 |
WITH ITS LONE graffitied, abandoned house, grassy vacant lots and sparse signs of life, the desolate stretch of 3rd Street just north of Susquehanna Avenue in North Philadelphia seems like the perfect place to dump a body. And that's exactly what someone did, police said yesterday. About 5:30 a.m., a man picking through trash on the block, which is flanked by several grassy lots and the back of a warehouse, spotted a duffel bag outside the three-story, tan-brick rowhouse with boarded-up windows and made the grisly discovery, said Lt. John Stanford, a police spokesman.
July 9, 2014
AFTER A LONG day at Geauga Lake (Aurora, Ohio), my cousins and I headed over to our neighbors' house. I was about 8, but they were teenagers and wanted to spend time with my better-than-average-looking neighbor. It was about 10 o'clock when we came home to my mom and grandmother freaking out, terrified that something had happened to us. We came inside and my mom told me a story I had never heard before - she told me about my Aunt Sandy, and how she had run away when she was young and we never found her. After that day, I recall talking about Sandy and the entire situation much more often.
July 8, 2014 |
THE RESIDENTS and neighbors of one Northern Liberties apartment complex have spent two years seeking refuge from refuse. They say the trash bins in the parking lot of Liberties Walk at Schmidt's - the little sister to the Piazza, on the opposite side of 2nd Street near George - are constantly overflowing with waste, including food scraps from the restaurants housed in the complex's first floor. The excess rubbish attracts rats, blows onto the street and into neighboring properties, and literally causes a stink, especially during the warmer months, according to Matt Ruben, president of the Northern Liberties Neighbors Association.
July 3, 2014 |
POLICE OFFICER Robert McKoy steered his unmarked patrol car down Clearfield Street near 20th in North Philadelphia and spotted the guy he'd arrested recently for illegally dumping hundreds of tires and tons of broken concrete on the block. The guy, who is awaiting his court date, was sitting in a blue pickup truck at the scene of the crime, staring out the windshield at his former dumping ground. "A big, red truck was his workhorse," McKoy said. "We took his work horse and his front-end loader, too. We put this guy out of business.
May 15, 2014 |
Every now and then a story comes along that trashes conventional wisdom. Celia Pretter organized a cleanup of her Mount Airy block, rented a U-Haul truck to haul the debris, and drove it last week to the city's Northwest Sanitation Convenience Center. She was turned away for using a commercial vehicle, which she had rented solely for that purpose. Irate, Pretter watched multiple pickup trucks unload what appeared to be commercial debris. Last week, I wrote a column lamenting the situation.
May 14, 2014
Campaign litter I wonder if congressional candidate Brendan F. Boyle would let me know where he lives so that, on my next trash day, instead of leaving my trash at the curb to be picked up, I can spread it around his neighborhood for all to see. If he doesn't think this is a good idea, why is he leaving his trash - that is, political signs - all over my neighborhood? It's trash and an eyesore, and I expect better from anyone seeking my vote. Ken Myers, Lafayette Hill Disclosure salute Responding to a letter from a group of retired Pennsylvania judges, only 11 of 47 congressional candidates in the Pennsylvania Primary committed to support federal legislation that would require full, complete, and immediate disclosure of all contributions exceeding $10,000.
April 23, 2014 |
JOETTA JOHNSON hops in my car and points ahead. Drive, she says. We're going tire hunting. Johnson, for those of you who are new to this space, is one of the women of North Sydenham Street, a feisty group of we-will-not-be-ignoreds I wrote about when they diverted Mayor Nutter to their block to deal with a long list of long-standing issues. Their strategy mostly worked, except for Jenesta Jones still waiting for the city to seal the exterior wall she was left with after an adjoining home was taken down.
April 18, 2014 |
IN RESPONSE to a recent column about Gizmo Guy's gadget hoarding, readers shared stories and pictures about the old tech they can't give up. Each of them received an iTunes gift card for sharing their stories. Enjoy! Gordon Gelfond, Villanova: I love listening to the Phillies on my 1937 Airline radio that I bought at a flea market and had restored. It reminded me of our family radio when I was very young. We would sit in the living room, staring at the radio and using our imagination to visualize what we were hearing.